Welcome to Gordano Valley Archers

COSE 2016 West of England Club of the Year

f23811c99d03543abe9480cf6.jpgWe are a very open and friendly Archery Club based on the edge of the Gordano Valley at The Downs School in Wraxall, North Somerset.

Our vision is to promote and develop the sport of archery and to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

We aim to achieve this by ensuring we have a highly motivated and professional team of coaches and officials dedicated to the principles of equitable practice.

The club is committed to providing archery as an all inclusive sport and actively promotes the sport as a Triple A sport for all the family. Triple A = All Ability Archery.

We shoot throughout the year on Sundays at our ground as well as having an indoor facility from October to March that we use on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings when the weather does not permit outdoor shooting.

Shooting times are:

Sundays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

09:00 to 10:00 – Set up range – Club Members
10:00 to 12:30 – Assembly beginners and club shoot.
12:30 to 13:00 – Take down range

Clout Range available for Club & Archery GB members – details on request

Indoor range available (weather dependent)

09:00 to 09:30 – Set up
09:30 to 12:00 – Beginners & Juniors Club Members
09:30 to 12:00 – Senior Members if spare capacity ( Members please set up on the landing)
12:00 to 12:30 –Take down range

Wednesdays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

Members Only  – Archery GB registered archers email for more information
(sorry no club bows are available)

18:15 to 20:30  Outdoor or Indoor range (weather and lighting dependent)

Please note for safety we do not allow all carbon arrows to be used on our outdoor ranges.

GWAS Virtual AGM and Elections


Please be advised that GWAS will be holding their AGM virtually using GoToMeeting on Sunday 21 March at 17:00.
The following link gives access to the AGM documentation.

The officer nomination forms must be submitted by 17:00 on Sunday 14 March 2021. This is applicable for the officers of the society being President, Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasuer as per clauses 20 and 21 of the GWAS constitution. Although the constitution allows for other positions to be submitted on the day it would be much appreciated if these could be submitted by noon on Saturday 20 March thus allowing the virtual AGM to proceed easier.

(restricted) Archery Returns

Time to blow away the COVID cobwebs and return to the range Sunday 6 September.

Members can now pre-book to shoot in a socially distanced  environment on our outdoor range. See announcement for full details.

All you need to do is register details of the distance you would like to shoot and a contact telephone number for a Track and Trace Log. Follow the instructions sent to you and yo can be shooting again.

Paul Maines – Chairman & Founder

Paul-MainesIt is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the tragic loss of our chairman Paul Maines.

Paul Passed away over the weekend following a heroic battle with Cancer and showed strength, compassion and above all humour to the end.

Our thoughts are with Geraldine and his children at this time. The Covid restrictions we currently face in our lives bring home how difficult a time it is for families going through such pain and suffering at this time. I hope that the treasured memories we all have of him will help them through the days ahead.

He will be sadly missed and was an integral part of Gordano Valley Archers. His Passion for the sport and reediness to help others at GVA was one of many fine qualities that he brought to the club. He will leave a big void in the club.

Adam Wood
Vice Chairman of Gordano Valley Archers


New Archery Stamp

Issued today as part of a set of stamps,  inspired of by accidental deathsapril 2019
in the 16th Century. Which included 7 deaths playing football, the first recorded handgun death, when the victim walked in front of the gun, not knowing what it was. The largest category by far  though, was archery with 56,  including this  unbelievable 1552 incident,  represented on the first class stamp.

One Henry Pert from Welbeck, managed to  shot himself in the head in 1552 when he drew the bow to full extent, planning to fire it straight up into the air,  the arrow lodged into the bow, he then lent over to have a look at the arrow when it fired.

More Information available on this story


coronavirusSorry not a new 3-D target for the club, but a rather annoying virus that you may of heard about on the news; Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Today, Monday 16 March, the Government’s scientific advisers have recommended against all but essential travel and that everyone should avoid social gatherings to help slow the spread of this new virus and protect  at risks groups.

Regrettably  we feel that we must cancel all Archery sessions until further notice.
[Update 17 March – Archery GB Suspends ALL Club Archery -For the foreseeable Future]

Unfortunately no indication has been given as to when this recommendation will be lifted, hopefully it will  not be to long and we will commence sessions as soon as possible and we notify you of any changes.

Update : 17 March – Message from Archery GB CEO PDF

Archery GB Update 19 March     HTML

Please remember to


and that you will stay safe and healthy

UK Government Advice

Postponed and Cancelled Events

no-archery12 April        – GVA Easter – Long Metrics – Cancelled 
12 April        –  Bath Archers – Spring Albion - Postponed

18 April        – Archery GB AGM – Postponed
19 April        – Cleve Archers 57th Annual Spring – Cancelled

23 April        – SCAA AGM – Postponed

26 April        – GVA All Saints #4 –  Postponed

25-26 April   –  Bath Archers – 2 Day  WA 1440 - Postponed

10 May        –  GVA Spring Clout  - Postponed

17 May        –  Archery GB Big WeekendScaled back – watch for  updates

24 May        – GVA All Saints # 3  - Postponed

6 June         – Cleve Archers Junior Open -TBC

14 June       – SCAA – Senior Outdoor Championship – Cancelled

27 June       – SCAA Junior Championship -TBC